I have to keep telling people that Iowa isn’t just flat lands and endless cornfields and that there are actually endless wildlife areas and state parks full of rolling hills, rocky cliffs, and steep bluffs to keep any outdoor enthusiast or hiker busy. So, here are the 31 best hiking spots in Iowa to check out this year. Each trail has something to offer and is perfect for a day outdoors. Keep these on your list for the next time you have an afternoon free!

What do you consider the best hikes in Iowa? Do you have anything you’d like to add to our list of epic hiking spots in Iowa? Let us know and share some of them in the comments below! You can also find more hikes in Iowa by signing up for AllTrails+.

If you want to see more of what Iowa has to offer, check out These 9 Hidden Waterfalls In Iowa Will Take Your Breath Away.

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What is the best time of the year to hike in Iowa?

Spring through fall is the best time of year to hike in Iowa. Winter can get pretty cold and many people aren’t equipped with the proper gear for striking out in single-degree temperatures.

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Locals claim August has the best weather and is host to the awesome annual event — the Iowa State Fair. Food, bands, and 4-H fun dot the booths and get everyone out to enjoy this fun fair.


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